One last game at Viking Stadium for South Tahoe seniors |

One last game at Viking Stadium for South Tahoe seniors

Joe Proudman
Matt Unrau/Elko Daily Free Press

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – When he was 8 years old, South Tahoe’s Tyler Nesbitt remembers coming to Senior Night at Viking Stadium, and shaking the hands of those players that would be playing football in a South Tahoe jersey for the last time at home as they ran onto the field. Several years later, Tyler is one of those guys running down the bleachers for the last time, along with 11 other seniors.

“Especially on Senior Night, I’m going to come out with adrenaline I haven’t before,” said Nesbitt. “We’re going to be experiencing senior night for the third time, but we’re the seniors this time.”

Most of this group of seniors has been playing together since they were sophomores. You’d expect a senior playing his last high school football game at home to be a little more sad that it’s nearly all over, but Nesbitt couldn’t be more excited for the game.

“You want more of it, but there’s just going to be something great about it being your last game at Viking Stadium,” he said. “It’s going to be something special.”

South Tahoe has played well at home this season. They nearly pulled out a win against a good Elko team during their last game at South Tahoe High School, but lost their next two which included a 28-21 loss to a previously winless Sparks and 60-12 on to Spring Creek last week to put them at 0-6 in league.

Against Spring Creek Jacob Stowell was one of the few bright sports for the Vikings, rushing for 132 yards and returned a kickoff for 90 yards in the second half. They attempted to pass the ball a lot, but John Cefalu was only 5-20, with 67 yards. Kicker Ryan Caro saw some time on the field aside from special teams, hauling in three passes for Vikings, including a first quarter touchdown.

South Tahoe turns it’s attention to Fernley (3-5 overall, 1-5 Northern 3A) this week, who is also out of the playoff picture, but a good team nonetheless. Their only win on the season is a 31-25 decision over Sparks, but the Vaqueros have hung in there with several good teams, most notably against Lowry last week.

Fernley lost 26-14 to the Buckaroos, but were a holding penalty away from tying the game up at 20. Possibly more impressive, is they held the sections top running back in Jace Billingsley to just 73 yards on 19 carries. Though he did have two TD runs. On offense, the Vikings are expecting the Vaqueros to pass, and pass often.

“Fernley’s got a good quarterback. They’re not really big, but the QB can throw to the open spaces,” Nesbitt said. “If we come out physical, we can definitely send them a message.

“I’m going to put pressure on the quarterback as much as I can.”

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m. at Viking Stadium on Friday.

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